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Today is the start of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week @joscervicalcancertrust #smearforsmear . Here I am with my lippy smeared across my face courtesy of my little spogslettes. Regular smear tests could prevent 75% of all cervical cancers yet 1 in 4 women don’t attend their smear test, that’s 1.2 million women not attending every year. Come on gang, it only takes a minute for you to have a smear test.
To help me spread the word post a selfie of yourself smeared in lippy. I am nominating @milkatthemuseum @mrshhayward @thefashionablepan @thesecretlifeofmum @londonmothersclub @just_another_mum_blogger to take part and get the conversation going. #jocervicalcancertrust #smearforsmear #reduceyourrisk #cervicalscreening #thecuriousmummy
Happiness is knowing it’s Friday and whatever curveballs the week has thrown, it can’t touch you because the weekend & it’s extra pair of hands are here. Yippppeeee! This week, I have learnt that;
💋Hard work always pays off. We have had some exciting wins on @LeanMums which makes me love it even more.
💋Never leave home without wet wipes 💋Never under no circumstances leave home without toddler snacks or money to buy said snacks
💋I am exceptionally good at zoning out of a toddler tantrum especially in public
💋My husband & my girls chums (you know who you are) seriously rocks. Love the bones of you all.

Can’t wait to swap that mug of hot tea (as featured in the picture) with a glass of cold fizz. Cheers to the weekend.
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What do you do when you find an insta worthy wall and you have a toddler in tow...? You bribe them with rice cakes and you shoot (take pictures not literally shoot, you know what I mean) like mad.
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There is never any need for a up close boat race (slang for face) picture but this post is about me. Today is #BlueMonday and after a slightly meh weekend, I thought I would do something for me today and I went for a run. Before I had kids, met my husband or live in South West London I use to run (by the way the kids, my hubster & our home are now my fav things in the whole world & an my kitties). But running, I do love running. I use to run 8-10k 3-4times per week. It would help me unwind, allow me to see part of London I never knew exist and it would keep me fit. I was never fast and I just enjoyed doing it. So tonight after Livs (my daughter) went to bed, I put my trainers on and off I went. I listened to some of my fav tunes, including my wedding song -Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun (it’s not cheesy, it’s bloody cool) and run non stop for 38 minutes. Feel so good. Blue Monday didn’t get me, I got it & turned it happy.
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THE CURIOUS KIDS BOOK CLUB
Welcome to the 2018 first edition of The Curious Kids Book Club. This month the Curious Kids are enjoying some good old fashioned rhyming fun with Oi Frog, partying with How Many Legs? Enjoying a warm tale by @tolaokogwu ‘s Daddy Do My Hair and much more. Click on the link in the bio 👆🏼to read the full review or head to https://thecuriousmummy.com/2018/01/14/the-curious-kids-book-club/ . Enjoy! 💋
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I don’t do New Years resolutions but I am trying to consciously drink more water. So I recently acquired a @sodastreamgb machine. Who remembers these from your childhood?? 🙌🏽 Just me then. You haven’t lived until you have one of these in your house. True story. So today I have rustled up this Pomegranate Spritz. It’s dead easy. You need;
1 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses
2 tbsp Fresh Pomegranate Seeds
200ml @sodastreamgb Sparkling Water
A few cube fulls of ice, if desired.
Pour the Pomegranate molasses into a glass with 1tbsp of seeds & crush roughly with the back of a spoon.
Fill the glass with soda stream sparkling water & add the remaining Pomegranate seeds & ice.
👨‍🍳Recipe courtesy of @lizzieloveshealthy 💰Sodastream have kindly offered to give my readers a 25% discount. Just enter code FIZZI2018 at the checkout
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User Image thecuriousmummy Posted: Jan 11, 2018 7:38 AM (UTC)
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👆🏼This is the feeling of the week👈🏼 My little boy is back at nursery, which means Olivia is back to long afternoon naps💤 🙌🏽and it means I get 2 whole hours to myself🙌🏽🙏🏼🙌🏽👌🏼. As a full time Mummy, clawing some time for yourself is so important. Yesterday lunch time, I did a mini online workout, practiced some photography (as that’s my new ting), worked on some stuff for Lean Mums, made the kids tea, made a cuppa and did a little tidying up...oh and spent all the time in between on Instas, cos you know, that’s how I roll. Can’t wait for this lunch time. What shall I do?
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This picture makes me laugh. Here are Finn & Livvy, hand in hand with their new souvenir Winnie the Pooh tote bags, hailing a taxi whilst we were ‘up town’ .
Let me give you some context. Yesterday we swapped soft play for a touch of culture & headed to the V&A and the Science Museum. The kids loved the Winnie the Pooh Exhibition at the V&A (I was keen to have a gander at the Balenciaga Exhibition but realise with two kids in tow it might not be the best time for it. Maybe I’ll save that for a me time day. ) After Pooh, we strolled over to the Science Museum. It was surprisingly quiet , so the kids got to try out everything which absolutely made their day. We ended the day with a taxi ride home, with a jolly chappy from Dulwich who spent the entire journey making the kids laugh.
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⚡️GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Head over to @leanmums to find out who the winner is⚡️ The Lean Mums team, want to give one lucky winner 6 MONTHS FREE MEMBERSHIP. To enter:
1. Follow @leanmums on Instagram and Facebook
2. Like this post and for extra entries tag a friend
3. Go to @thecuriousmummy on Instagram and repeat the steps.
4. Go to @robbie__thompson on Instagram and repeat the steps
5. Go to @nikkitahopebrown on Instagram and repeat the steps

Ensuring you follow all accounts.
Good luck everyone.

OFFICIAL RULES: You must be following Lean Mums, The Curious Mummy, Robbie Thompson, Nikkita Hope-Brown in the giveaway for your entry to count. The giveaway runs from Monday 8th January at 9pm GMT and ends Sunday 14th January at 8pm GMT. The winner will be randomly selected and announced. The winner has 48 hours to claim the prize. You must be 18 years old and older to win this giveaway. Please note; we acknowledge that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
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MOTHERHOOD LESSONS Last week, I threw myself into a soft play session with my almost four year old who thinks he’s fourteen and my shouty eighteen month old. Oh it was fun and games but I did come away with some lessons learned.

1) Try to time a session at a soft play centre when all schools are back (you may need to research this) & if you don’t well good luck.
2) Go to soft play in your gym kit. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can sit on the sidelines devouring your frothy skinny latte in peace. You will be pulled into ball pit and pushed down a 8ft slide before you can say “I’m a mummy, get me out of here”. 3) Never go to a soft play centre outnumbered by your own children, unless you have arranged a playdate with another family. Us adults need to stick together, saftey in numbers and all that.
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User Image essexmama Posted: Jan 7, 2018 4:31 PM (UTC)

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The super gorgeous Donna of @thecuriousmummy has just published a little interview I did for her fantastic website & serious The Curious Mummy Meets over at www.thecuriousmummy.com. Head over to Donna’s brilliant feed to have a peek if you fancy knowing a little more about me & Essex Mama 🤗

Thank you so much Donna for your super kind words 😘😘😘 #thecuriousmummy
The Curious Mummy Meets Liz, the founder of Essex Mama

The Curious Mummy is starting the new year with a dash of sparkle and a sprinkle of empowerment as today we have a very special guest. A woman who proudly adds a sweet sassy style to the girl gang. She is hugely talented and has a great entrepreneurial spirit, its the one and only Liz from stylish mama lifestyle brand @essexmama .

Liz talks about how a little wardrobe evaluation and an Instagram post led her to starting her successful business. She shares her tips to starting a business, why nothing is forever and why you should live in the now. Be prepared to be inspired.

Click on the link in the bio👆🏼 to read Liz’ full interview or head to 👉🏼www.thecuriousmummy.com. Enjoy! 💋
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Here is my baby boy, 10 days after he was born almost 4 years ago. Waaaah where is the time going. My walk down memory lane comes after I had a dream about being pregnant with baby number 3. Thankfully for my husband it was JUST A DREAM. @thecuriouspapa If your not up for another baby how about we expand our brood with another cat & it baby 3?
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Following today’s post, I re-evaluated Olivia’s routine. The Christmas holidays threw us completely out of kilter. So today was all about getting back on track. Adding in tons of fresh air and lots of activities thrown into the mix. She had a much happier day. I decided to start her bedtime routine about five minutes earlier so she could unwind before bed. By 7pm, the lights were off and she was wide awake. I gave her a kiss goodnight and put her down. She was still for a few seconds and as soon as I left the room she started to cry again. I gave her a minute and she was quiet, then the crying started again. I went into her room, gave her a cuddle and put her down. She said “Mummy” as I left the room, I said “night night Olivia” and then went straight to sleep. It feels way to easy so let’s see what tonight holds. I did feel much more relaxed about it tonight so maybe she could sense that?

I’m off to bed shortly and I’m treating myself to some @calm sleep mist and a @spacemasks . The hubsters out so I get the bed all to myself...well at least for first half of the night. Yes now I feel like I’m winning. Night night all 💋
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New Year, new toddler challenge. Since reaching the 18 months milestone, we have been hit with a bout of sleep regression. The worst sleep regression apparently, although I bet to differ. I found getting no sleep in the first five months, the hardest.
Days have turned into weeks (mainly because of Christmas) and the 3.29am (v specific I know) wakings have been a daily occurrence. So what do I do?
I caught up with one of my lovely friends who suggested I seek some advice from a sleep consultant. Then the penny dropped. I’ve done this before with Finn. I know exactly what to do. Last night, Olivia fought her bedtime and woke up at 1.29am (slightly bucking the usual 3.29am trend). We think she is experiencing a little separation anxiety so we have been reassuring her with tons of cuddles & attention. At the same time, she is carving out her independence so I’m sure fighting her bedtime could have something to do with that too.
Last night, we used the ‘check & console’ method & after 3 times, she gave up and went to sleep. I have massive Mum guilt but we are already establishing bad habits which I know will bite me on the bum if we let it carry on. I’m expecting us to go through this for the next few nights so wish me luck.
How have you managed to get over the 18 month sleep regression? Answers on a postcard please.
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